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St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

Ensuring Success. Providing Opportunity. Fostering Stewardship.

School Open Morning Tuesday 12th November from 9.30am to 11.00am. All are welcome to attend

Who's Who

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Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr J Sendall


Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)


Who is the ELSA?

Miss Griffin is our School ELSA. She is in a unique position as she gets to see all children in KS1 & 2 through her Art role. Therefore, this places her in an excellent position as ELSA because all children know her.


What is an ELSA?

An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in the Local education authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.  Their aim may be to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home, or to simply support children through difficult times and transitions.


ELSAs will help children learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They can provide time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they can manage them.


What can the ELSAs help with?

Loss and bereavement

Support through a serious illness


Social skills


Friendship issues


Anger management




Relaxation techniques

Separation (including divorce)